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    Learning to use imatch

    I need practice. Any good tips? Trying to video with one hand adds to degree of difficulty.....lol

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    Almost appears you could have adjusted your top link a bit further out.
    Most of my attachments are parked on an uneven surface (dirt). Sure they come off easy enough but rarely hook back up without some intervention (adjust top link).
    You can always level the attachment after it is hooked up.
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    Good tip. I think you are correct about top link adjustment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by youngandgreen View Post
    Good tip. I think you are correct about top link adjustment.
    I was never sold on the idea of an iMatch and probably would not have had one if my daughters had not bought one for me. In the past I had only the rear ballast box, the days of other attachments are now behind me and figured the need vs cost was not worth it. NOW, with the chipper I am glad to have it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by youngandgreen View Post
    I need practice. Any good tips? Trying to video with one hand adds to degree of difficulty.....lol

    Keep in mind that the iMatch hitch fixes the three mounting points on a plane. The whole iMatch unit then raises and lowers on an arc. In the down position, the 3 attachment points are perpendicular to the ground. As the hitch is raised, the upper mount essentially moves closer to the tractor, and the 2 lower points move away from the tractor. Here are a coupl of pictures of 3 point mounted forks to illustrate that.

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    When you drop the implement, it is sitting flat on the ground. Then, as you raise the iMAtch to engage the top point, the iMatch upper mount moves forward and away from the implement. And, the 2 lower points then get in the way, not letting you back the tractor enough to engage the upper hook.

    I've found it best to put something, like a 2x4 or 4x4 under the rear of the implement when you drop it, so the upper attachment point is leaning forward when the implement is on the ground. That way, when you go to hook back up, you can engage and lift the implement by the upper point. Once you lift it a bit, then the implement swings forward, and the 2 lower pins can engage.

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    You need to have your handles open, don't you?? I do not own an I-match yet, but I see many people in other videos close then after they hook up.
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    A hydraulic top link should be mandatory equipment with an iMatch. Until you've used one, you can't fathom how much easier it makes connecting attachments.
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    No, latches only need to be opened to release. They are spring loaded engagement.

    I need took at hydraulic top link.
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    My Imatch works better if I remember to put the adjustable top hook on the IMatch in the position I found that works best for the implement I'm connecting to.

    If I remember to do that, it pretty much hook and go(except where PTO shafts are needing conneced).

    I agree the hydraulic top link would be ideal but I don't have the dough for that.

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    It does not look right

    All implements I have are iMatch compatible now. I don't have adjustable top link. Practice more and it will come easy for you later.

    You should only need to focus on the top link hook and be sure to line up correctly (not one side to close and one side to far out)

    In the video, those two latches are in "closed" position. you may want them in the open position so lower arms could come into the correct place before lock them down.

    Quote Originally Posted by youngandgreen View Post
    I need practice. Any good tips? Trying to video with one hand adds to degree of difficulty.....lol

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